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Shamshu, 25 -Testimony of Rohingya

A divorced woman who lives alone has many more risks to live in harsh poverty than one living in a household where a man lives.
When asked: “What do you need?” she replies: “I have nothing at all, I need everything”. Generally, adult Rohingya women rarely go outside on their own and do not talk to strangers, hence supporting services are hard to reach in women’s only families. She has a trauma, she is anxious and alone. Everything she says is negative, it gives me the sad impression that she has giving up on life.

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I came here a year ago. What I am having most troubles with in my life now is food and clothes. Rice is distributed only once a month, most of the time I cannot cook, there is no electricity not even a bucket, because of that I cannot carry water.

Shamshu Last summer, many horrible things happened: abduction, rape, arson, murder. My cousin was killed in the midst of everyone’s escape. I also saw the military killing five people at a time.

I ran away and ran for a while until I couldn’t hear any more violence. After that, I thought that I could manage to live somehow and I went back to the village once, but my house was also burnt and there was no more trace of it. Then, with my neighbors we fled all the way here after hiding in the mountains for 10 to 12 days.

Now I am living here alone. Recently I got ill, but I cannot buy any medicine because I do not have any money. For about 10 days I was patiently surviving in these conditions, but I am slowly losing patience and becoming more and more anxious and loneliness doesn’t help.

©Kazuo Koishi

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